Monday, February 29, 2016

Our Adoption Profile is Live!

A few years ago, Will and I had the strong impression that we should look into adoption. Since then, a lot of life has happened (welcome, Charlton!), and in some ways it feels like we haven't made much progress. But we still feel just as strongly as we did then and continue to hope and pray for this blessing in our family. And bit by bit, we are making progress! Late last year, we got our home study complete (yay!) and our profile live on adoption.com. Unfortunately, we haven't had any luck making connections with birth mothers on that site, but we're not going to give up on that avenue just yet! Definitely let us know of anyone you think would be interested in checking out our adoption profile... and below is today's family vlog. We post a new video to our YouTube channel daily, Monday-Friday. We recently began this vlogging adventure for a handful of reasons, one of which is to hopefully help potential birth mothers get a glimpse of what life is like at our house...

 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tea for Felicity

The commonwealth school we are a part of adds such a richness to our homeschooling experience. It's a bit of work and I come home dead tired, but to say my kids love it would be an understatement, which makes the effort worth it to me. We meet weekly and everyone contributes in their own way. For this particular semester, I taught an "American Girl" class, which the other teacher and I originally thought would teach history through the old American Girl dolls.

For one of our very first classes, we went over an American Girl play about Felicity during the American Revolution. The girls just loved it and so our class morphed into a bit of a theater class as they practiced each week and prepared for a big performance they wanted to have at the end of the semester. They were very determined to perform it on a stage, and I loved how passionate they got about it and to see all their ideas and dreams play out was such a great experience! I didn't get any pictures of the kids practicing at school, but we'd often have little play practices at our house, too, so below are some pictures of that adorableness (I love how they'd always dress up in their costumes to practice):
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And now for the actual performance. I didn't get many pictures the night of the show since I was juggling so many things that night, but I do have a few--such fun memories! I'm so, SO thankful for good friends who helped me with setting up the stage. I'd never done anything like this before and so their help and support meant the world to me! And I will never forget how well the kids performed. I was so, so proud of them!

Who knows, maybe we'll do something like this again sometime. There's been talk of doing some sort of musical theater class next semester...     FelicityProgram-3AboutTheCharacters IMG_9214FelicityPlay2015 IMG_9220FelicityPlay2015 IMG_9225FelicityPlay2015 IMG_9227FelicityPlay2015

Our First VLOG!

Will and I have talked about starting a daily vlog for years and this last week we finally took the leap! We're definitely amateurs but figure we've gotta start somewhere. Anyway, here's our first one. You can follow along HERE Monday-Friday. Should be fun!

 

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